Love Island's Tayla Damir exposes the shocking truth about 'perfect' Instagram selfies

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Love Island Australia star Tayla Damir has revealed why you should never trust what you see on social media again.  

Posting to Instagram on Monday, the model, 25, shared a series of unedited selfies alongside subtly edited versions of each image. 

In her caption, Tayla described the insidious way social media images are destroying Instagram users’ self esteem.   

Smoke and mirrors: Love Island's Tayla Damir, 25, exposed the shocking truth about'perfect' Instagram selfies in an eye-opening Instagram post on Monday. In her post, Tayla uploaded series of unedited selfies alongside subtly edited versions of each image. Pictured left is the original image, and right is the edited image

Smoke and mirrors: Love Island’s Tayla Damir, 25, exposed the shocking truth about ‘perfect’ Instagram selfies in an eye-opening Instagram post on Monday. In her post, Tayla uploaded series of unedited selfies alongside subtly edited versions of each image. Pictured left is the original image, and right is the edited image 

‘I have seen many people comparing their before and after photos using editing apps. I was mortified to see how easily an app could change someone’s entire appearance,’ the former Miss Universe WA finalist wrote. 

‘I was instantly frustrated. The frustration didn’t come from people using these apps. It came from the lack of education around what these apps can do to one’s self-esteem,’ she continued. 

The brunette beauty, who has admitted to suffering from body image issues in the past, said she often struggles to know ‘what is real and what is fake on social media’. 

'Between face filters, editing apps and photoshop, it's nearly impossible to understand what people truly look like': In her caption, Tayla described the insidious way social media images are destroying Instagram users' self esteem. Pictured left is the original image, and right is the edited image

‘Between face filters, editing apps and photoshop, it’s nearly impossible to understand what people truly look like’: In her caption, Tayla described the insidious way social media images are destroying Instagram users’ self esteem. Pictured left is the original image, and right is the edited image

‘Between face filters, editing apps and photoshop, it’s nearly impossible to understand what people truly look like.’ 

Tayla explained that she’d doctored the photos in her post using a popular editing app, and was dismayed by the results. 

‘While editing the pics on the right as examples, I had moments myself where I felt critical and compared myself to the edited photo. These filters are affecting our body image and self-esteem,’ she declared. 

'I had moments myself where I felt critical and compared myself to the edited photo': Tayla explained that she'd doctored the photos in her post using a popular editing app, and was dismayed by the results. Pictured left is the original image, and right is the edited image

‘I had moments myself where I felt critical and compared myself to the edited photo’: Tayla explained that she’d doctored the photos in her post using a popular editing app, and was dismayed by the results. Pictured left is the original image, and right is the edited image

‘We as a generation have the problem of filters making us more insecure, so we use the filter as a solution,’ added Tayla. 

While Tayla insisted that she doesn’t condemn people for editing photos, and is merely concerned about the lack of transparency and education.  

‘It’s so important to realise that there will always be editing in the world of social media. Im not saying your whole feed is a lie, and every photo you see is altered,’ she wrote. 

'Don't allow your mind to trick you': While Tayla insisted that she doesn't condemn people for editing photos, and is merely concerned about the lack of transparency and education. Pictured left is the original image, and right is the edited image featuring an app-generated smile

‘Don’t allow your mind to trick you’: While Tayla insisted that she doesn’t condemn people for editing photos, and is merely concerned about the lack of transparency and education. Pictured left is the original image, and right is the edited image featuring an app-generated smile 

‘This is more of a reminder that some images you see can be easily tweaked like this, and it is important that you are aware of that and don’t allow your mind to trick you into thinking you too should look this way,’ she wrote. 

The model ended her post by remind her fans that they are ‘beautiful just the way they are’ and that social media is often simply ‘smoke and mirrors’. 

Tayla has been open about her struggles with body image, disordered eating and self esteem. 

Food for thought: In January, the reality star told fans during an Instagram Q&A that she'always knew' she had a'bad relationship with food', and said it was her fiancé Nathan Broad who was the first person to point out her unhealthy habits

Food for thought: In January, the reality star told fans during an Instagram Q&A that she ‘always knew’ she had a ‘bad relationship with food’, and said it was her fiancé Nathan Broad who was the first person to point out her unhealthy habits 

In January, the reality star told fans during an Instagram Q&A that she ‘always knew’ she had a ‘bad relationship with food’, and said it was her fiancé Nathan Broad who was the first person to point out her unhealthy habits.  

‘I always knew I had a bad relationship with food and the way I saw my body,’ the reality star wrote.  

‘No one ever pulled me up on it properly so I just kept going with my bad ways.’ 

Explanation: Tayla said it wasn't until Nathan (left)'called her on her sh*t' that she was able to get the confidence to do better for herself and her body

Explanation: Tayla said it wasn’t until Nathan (left) ‘called her on her sh*t ‘ that she was able to get the confidence to do better for herself and her body 

Tayla said it wasn’t until Nathan ‘called her on her s**t ‘ that she was able to get the confidence to do better for herself and her body. 

‘I was so fed up with the voice in my head and knew I had to change something otherwise that voice would probably be my undoing eventually,’ she wrote.

‘Don’t get me wrong, I still have my moments when the voice pops up but instead of internalising it I share what I am thinking and talk through it.’ 

Results: "Don't get me wrong, I still have my moments when the voice pops up but instead of internalising it I share what I am thinking and talk through it."

Results: ‘Don’t get me wrong, I still have my moments when the voice pops up but instead of internalising it I share what I am thinking and talk through it.’

Tayla said discussing the issue helped her feel like she was ‘taking the power back’ from the voice.  

It isn’t the first time Tayla has spoken about conquering her body image issues after winning Love Island Australia.       

The star previously spoke about how, after winning the show, it was a low-point for her body-positive journey.  

'What should have been a high point in my life, was not': Tayla previously spoke candidly about conquering her body image issues after winning Love Island Australia in 2018

‘What should have been a high point in my life, was not’: Tayla previously spoke candidly about conquering her body image issues after winning Love Island Australia in 2018

‘I remember back to December 2018 and what should have been a high point in my life, was not,’ she wrote on Instagram, referring to the period after her Love Island Australia win.   

She added: ‘I was emotionally drained, far too skinny, malnourished, broken, grieving and investing the remainder of my energy into the wrong people.’ 

Tayla has also previously spoken out about her battle with anxiety and depression. 

For mental health support, please call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14 in Australia, or call Samaritans on 116 123 in the UK.  

Struggles:'I was emotionally drained, far too skinny, malnourished, broken, grieving and investing the remainder of my energy into the wrong people,' she said. Tayla is pictured on the set of Love Island Australia with co-star Millie Fuller (L)

Struggles: ‘I was emotionally drained, far too skinny, malnourished, broken, grieving and investing the remainder of my energy into the wrong people,’ she said. Tayla is pictured on the set of Love Island Australia with co-star Millie Fuller (L) 

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